The National Labor Relations Board can go ahead with its administrative trial this month on charges that Cablevision resorted to intimidation, bribery and harassment to stop some of its workers in the Bronx from joining the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Chief Justice John Roberts — who’s also the Circuit Justice for D.C. — turned down, without comment, Cablevision’s plea for him to stop the proceeding. The cable company asked Roberts to step in after the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. declined on Friday to stop the NLRB. Cablevision argued that the NLRB lacks a quorum. The company says that President Obama’s recess appointments were illegal because they were made while the Senate was on an intrasession break, not between sessions. Cablevision also says that an appointment can only be made to positions that open up during a recess. The Obama Administration “bypassed Congress in order to stack the NLRB in favor of Big Labor,” Cablevision says. It adds that other courts have challenged the NLRB’s authority and when the D.C. Circuit Court makes a final ruling on its petition it “will put a stop to the NLRB’s evasion of the law.” CWA Political and Legislative Director Bob Master counters that the cable company “must be desperately looking for a new lawyer who can appeal to an even higher power. In the meantime, the Cablevision workers remain willing to negotiate a fair contract, which would cost the company less than all the lawyers they are hiring to bust the union.” The court battle is part of a long-running series of disputes between the company and the union.
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